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Updated March 19, 2017
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  • Best work life balance in the industry (in 1707 reviews)

  • You have flexibility to work from home or a remote Cisco location (in 847 reviews)

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  1. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work-life balanece here at Cisco

    Cons

    hope I can earn more money


  2. "My Time at Cisco"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great large company to work for especially in Tech.
    Ton of resources and movement that happens in the company
    Family environment in most teams
    Solid corporate culture

    Cons

    Early in Career strategy needs more focus
    Cloud strategy
    Diversity strategy is causing a decrease in morale among employees of diversity.

    Advice to Management

    Better on the job training for early in career would be highly encouraged. Not a clear level of expectation across the board. Employees across the same job get different levels of support or critique.


  3. "A great company who takes care of their employees."

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    Former Employee - User Experience Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - User Experience Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good benefits, remote work / work from home available. Fresh technology, equipment and fresh work spaces. Very comfortable place to work.

    Cons

    Engineering led org with little experience design. Politics are ever present and must be navigated carefully. Depending where you are located you may have to report to the main campus with frequency depending on your situation.


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  5. "Creative Director"

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    Former Contractor - Creative Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Creative Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    As a freelancer working on and off for Cisco since 1999, I've had the opportunity to met the most amazing people in the US and abroad... truly amazing!!

    Cons

    With any organization this size the amount of stakeholders and other approval layers can bog down the flow of work.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on the core strengths that made this company great... keep innovating!!


  6. "Designer"

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    Former Employee - Lead Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Lead Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart people to work with. If working in the Meraki building, you get free lunch daily. Dogs allowed and you're not being micro managed. Great benefits, bonuses and competitive salary. Also if you work in Milpitas they redesigned the office space to feel like the SF location.

    Cons

    Communication is a huge challenge, it's like pulling teeth to know what is going on. I believe this is now changing. No process and no direction.


  7. "Service delivery executive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cisco Systems (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cisco is one of the most empowering companies.

    Cons

    Some program like CAP are sometimes complete waste of time and money depending on the CAP manager


  8. "great company"

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    Former Employee - Product Development Product Owner/Senior Business Analyst in Sausalito, CA
    Former Employee - Product Development Product Owner/Senior Business Analyst in Sausalito, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than a year)

    Pros

    very healthy company to work for

    Cons

    mostly located in san jose and a lot of reorgs recently


  9. "Cisco is still a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cisco Systems (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Solid engineering talent, great management team.

    Cons

    Moving work overseas and layoff every year.

    Advice to Management

    Keep core development in Silicon valley. Its good for the economy


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    "Lack of product direction"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I love working with driven and talented co-workers who are all collaborative.

    Cons

    I hate working on an all-remote team with no clear product direction that the tech lead couldn't say no to various features that kept being added to the codebase without a good reason. There was no product manager to refer to and no clear ultimate goal. The deadline for product launch kept getting pushed back because of project creep.


  11. "Security Data Group"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer IV in San Bruno, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer IV in San Bruno, CA

    I worked at Cisco Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The office was in San Bruno which was helpful for living in the city. There's a game room with rock band.

    Cons

    Most of the smart people from the Ironport days have left the company. The review process for specs in incredibly onerous. Some work needs to be done on process.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the ability for engineers to get things done. Need to provide interesting and new challenges for employees.



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